Today before my colleague left for the day, I wished him luck on his 5th exam for the week. He’s had one each evening after he gets off work, and I know that because he’s so busy at the office and preparing for a very-near upcoming wedding, he hasn’t had much time to study.
I asked him how prepared he felt for this one, a business exam, and he said ‘Nothing! I haven’t prepared at all!’
Then he turned his laptop screen around to show me some photos of couches he’d been looking at [while I had thought the poor guy was cramming for the test]. Apparently he’s also tasked with getting some new furniture made for the house he’ll share with his bride-to-be.
It wont be his decision though. ‘We have a saying in Afghanistan: [unintelligible phrase in Dari]’ he tells me, which roughly translated into something about the wife being the main decision-maker, and that whatever she says, goes.
‘If she decides something, the man cannot challenge!’ he explains, laughing and pointing at the couches.
I just sort of stared and chuckled. Not worth the battle.